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James D. Alexander

Domenico DiFalco

Sylvia T. Healy

Michael C. Kopliner Jr.

Michelle R. LaGasse

James D. Alexander

James D. Alexander, 90, of Meadow Lakes, Hightstown, formerly of Princeton, died October 8 at Meadow Lakes with his family at his side.

Born and raised in Rochester, N.Y., he moved to Princeton with his family in 1962.

A graduate of the University of Rochester, he had a lifelong interest in political science and international relations.

As a young man he was general manager of E.P. Reed Shoe Co. in Rochester. He later became sales manager for Julian and Kokenge Co. headquartered in New York City, and sales manager for Barrett Leather Co. in Newark. He retired as vice president of sales and marketing for Flagg Leather Corp. in Milwaukee, Wis.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. In 1946, as a First Lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Arkansas, he participated in Operation Crossroads ordered by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to test the effects of an atomic bomb on naval vessels at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

He was a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church, the Old Guard, and the Nassau Club.

His favorite pastime was watching his six grandchildren participate in their many extracurricular activities. An avid skier into his eighties, he also enjoyed tennis and golf, and spending solitary time paddling and portaging canoes in the Canadian north woods. He was also an avid reader and debater, and had a passion for ice cream and hard candy.

Predeceased by his wife, Dorothy, he is survived by two sons, Richard of Pennington and Lee of Orihuela, Spain; a daughter, Susan Carty of Belle Meade; a brother, Richard of Rochester; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Pennington Presbyterian Church, 13 South Main Street, Pennington, at 4 p.m. this Saturday, October 15.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2550 U.S. Highway One, North Brunswick 08902.

Arrangements are under the direction of The Kimble Funeral Home.

Domenico DiFalco

Domenico DiFalco, 69, of Princeton, died October 7 at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, surrounded by his family.

Born in Isernia, Italy, and educated in Italy in horticulture, he moved to Princeton in 1961. He was a semi-retired gardener/landscaper. He had formerly worked at Princeton University for 12 years in the Facilities Department.

He was a member of the Italian-American Sportsmen Club and Roma Eterna.

Son of the late Luigi and Maria DiFalco, he is survived by his wife Carmela; a son, Alexander of Hamilton; three daughters, Rosanna Roberto of Hamilton Square, Louise Eckhardt of Hamilton, and Patricia Shebby of Philadelphia; three brothers, Charles of Princeton, Antonio of Princeton, and Cosmo of Skillman; a sister, Lucia Perna of Princeton; and six grandchildren.

The funeral was October 11 at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home. It was followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Paul's Church.

Entombment was in Franklin Memorial Park, North Brunswick.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton 08542; or to Gift of Life Donor Program, c/o Karen Keener, 401 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123.

Sylvia T. Healy

Sylvia T. Healy, 87, of Princeton, died October 5 at the University Medical Center at Princeton.

She was a graduate of Miss Fine's School and Vassar College.

As an active volunteer throughout her life she was a board member of Family Services, Princeton Borough Shade Tree Commission, The Christmas Boutique for The Medical Center at Princeton, the Princeton Branch of the English Speaking Union, Princeton Battlefield Area Preservation Society, and for 40 years the Association of the North Princeton Developmental Center. She was also a member of the Nassau Club and the Pretty Brook Tennis Club.

Daughter of the late Sir Hugh and Lady Taylor, and wife of the late Maurice F. Healy Jr., she is survived by three daughters, Beth Healy of Harrisville, N.H., Anne Elbaqali of New York City, and Sarah Fisher of Oak Creek, Colo.; and a sister, Joan Taylor Ashley of San Francisco, Calif.

Burial will be private.

A memorial mass was held October 8 at The Aquinas Institute, 65 Stockton Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Counseling Service, 22 Stockton Street, Princeton 08540.

Arrangements were by The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home.

Michael C. Kopliner Jr.

Michael C. Kopliner Jr., 72, of Princeton, died October 5 at home with his family at his side.

Born in Princeton and a lifelong Princeton resident, he was a graduate of St. Paul's Grammar School and Princeton High School with the class of 1950. He later graduated from the Police Academy at Sea Girt.

He retired as a Sergeant in 1982 from the Princeton Township Police Department after 25 years of service. He was a member of the Mercer Engine Company No. 3 and P.B.A. Local No 130. He also served as a Staff Sergeant with the New Jersey National Guard from 1950 to 1956.

Son of the late Michael C. Kopliner Sr. and Marian Murray Kopliner, he was predeceased also by a brother, James, and a sister, Dorothy K. Stonaker. He is survived by his wife, Ruthe Stout Kopliner; a son, Michael III; and three grandchildren.

The funeral service and interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 529, Princeton 08542; or to Ewing Township Animal Shelter, 560 West Ingham Avenue, Ewing 08638.

Arrangements were by The Kimble Funeral Home.

Michelle R. LaGasse

Michelle Reggev LaGasse, 43, of Princeton, died October 8 at the University Medical Center at Princeton after a long illness.

Born in Israel, she came to the United States as a child.

A graduate of South Brunswick High School, she attended the Mercer County Community College Nursing Program. She had been employed by American Reliance Insurance Company in Princeton.

She is survived by her parents, Judith Reggev and Ron E. Reggev of Princeton; her husband, Alby LaGasse; and a brother, Guy Reggev of San Diego, Calif.

A graveside service was held October 11 at Princeton Cemetery, officiated by Rabbi Lauren Levy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Make A Wish Foundation, 1034 Salem Road, Union, N.J. 07083


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